Laptop Adventures!

A laptop with a broken screen and two replacement screens Above: Laptop with replaced screen, with a broken screen on the left, and the replacement screen on the right.

How did we get here?

So last Friday, I cracked the screen on my 2011 13" MacBook Pro, while away from home. Luckily, Jake had two "For Parts Only" 13" MacBook Pros.

Caveat: One was 2009 and the other was from 2010.

The sensible thing to do, of course, would be to wait for a replacement 2011 screen from eBay or hit up the Apple Store located 2 miles away from my house remove the 2010 screen and hope that it worked with the 2011 body.

Issues Encountered

  • AirPort (WiFi) Connectors changed. As in, the 2011 screen has three connectors that the 2010 screen didn't. So I didn't have Wi-Fi for a week. ifixit diagrams
  • Camera connectors drastically changed betweeen these two years. See Late 2011 Connector vs Mid 2010. As you can see, the usual path of the 2010's camera cord is across the top of the CD drive toward the right, then down to the motherboard. Since there was no way in hell the connectors were compatable, I curved the camera's connector down the left side of the laptop, and taped the cord down to the hard drive, since there was about 5mm of free space between the hard drive and the bottom cover.
  • The LVDS connector between the 2010 and 2011 models, but the cable on the 2010 display is a little bit longer. To get the cord to fit, I removed the display data cable retainer on the right side and folded the excess cable in that space.

Here's a photo of aformentioned cable, both attached to the logic board, and not tucked in to the case.

After using these these instructions to take the screen off...

View without screen
Look at how thin this laptop is without the screen!

Other view without screen
Yet another view of my laptop without a screen. Speaker dangling over the motherboard because these things happen sometimes.

For reassembly with the replacement screen, I just followed this guide in reverse order.

AirPort Pins connected!
All AirPort Pins connected, this time!

Fixed Laptop
Aaaaaand fixed! All better now!

Thanks to Jake and Ali for their help and support!

Shameless Plug

Naked Laptop My laptop is mostly naked now. Want to swap some of your extra stickers for HackBeanpot and/or TOR ones? Tweet at me, ya'll.